My mixed media work incorporates paint, photography, collage, and fabric tied together by a rich content and visual patina that reveals a contemplative sort of storytelling inspired by life events.
Early on I was surrounded by women who spent much of their time doing needlework and working in their gardens. Much later I realized those practices and traditions were part of my artistic expression.
I spent much of my life in Southern Illinois and earned a BFA in painting and an MFA in fiber from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Since moving to St Petersburg, I have continued to explore new media and ideas and began studying with Betsy Lester at the Morean Arts Center.
I’ve spent years seriously gardening, and I’ve journaled and written otherwise about it. I have always been fascinated by and influenced by the full cycle of blooming and dying. The winter garden’s role of returning to the earth is the most beautiful of all the seasonal gardens. As the quest to deal with death and decay are squarely before me at this stage of life, I’d like to think my artwork reflects this fragile, graceful element of what remains and what is lost.
My art has radical intentions embodied in its torn edges, uneven dyes and shadowy expressionist themes. The result is a body of work with a soothing, earthy color palette, subtle textures, rich layering of imagery and pattern, and hints of my intellectual journey through life and art-making.